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UP: Man killed in ‘celebratory firing’, BJP leader held

A BJP worker identified as Ramji Gupta, who allegedly opened fire from his licensed double barrel gun, has been arrested, police said.

Elaborating on the incident, the DCP said Sadiq along with several others were hired for ensuring security of dancers and guests during the wedding ceremony on Friday night.

A LOCAL BJP leader was arrested in Kanpur on Saturday in connection with an apparent case of celebratory firing that led to the death of a bouncer at the wedding function of the leader’s brother on Friday, police said.

Police identified the accused as Ramji Gupta and the deceased as Sadiq Qureshi (32), who hailed from Kanpur. Sadiq was taken to hospital where doctors declared him dead, police said.

The incident was reported from ‘Royal Garden’ in Kanpur city during Gupta’s brother Rajat Gupta’s wedding function. A case was registered at the local police station under IPC sections 304 (Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), and 504 (Intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace). A complaint was filed by Sadiq’s brother, Sajid Qureshi.

Kanpur ADCP (East) Manish Chandra Sonkar said, “On Friday, information was received at the Rail Bazaar police station that a person was shot at and was taken to hospital by his colleagues and family members.” The officer added, “ It was found that Ramji Gupta booked the Royal Garden for the wedding function and had brought some bouncers there . In apparent celebratory firing, a bouncer was shot at. Ramji Gupta has been arrested.” BJP’s Kanpur unit Mahanagar president Sunil Bajaj said, “Ramji Gupta doesn’t hold a post at present, but in the past, he  was treasurer of the BJYM’s Kanpur unit.”

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First published on: 26-11-2022 at 16:20 IST
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